If you said ketchup is the most widely used condiment across the world, you could be right. Ketchup was sold as a medicine in early 1830s.
Up until late 1800s, people considered tomato poisonous and ketchup was made of a variety of ingredients like grapes, mushrooms and berries – without tomato.
In 1835, a medical publication cited the curative effect of tomatoes, and it was no longer business. A local entrepreneur, Archibald Miles, started producing and selling “Dr. Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato,” – a tomato concoction made of tomato sauce, vinegar, sugar and salt.
Soon, ketchup became the in-thing in health and was sold as a medicine in drugstores and pharmacies. In 1840, authorities dismissed “ketchup pills” as a hoax and the ketchup pills market collapsed finally.